I think we can agree that emotional shopping is not a healthy habit. That said, I was feeling a bit low and now I cannot deny the unicorns-and-rainbow feelings I currently have following an afternoon of browsing for sewing inspiration.
Late Friday night I made a decision to abandon my efforts to complete a Mulan costume in time for Emerald City Comic Con (March 28-30). Between work, wedding planning, and DIY-ing I was feeling pressed for time and I’ve felt physically very tense for the past week or two. A week ago I was dealt a 30-hour headache and my neck and back felt like one tight knot.
The Wardrobe Architect series from the Coletterie blog has been insightful and left me with a long wardrobe “wish list.” But in terms of deadlines, I wasn’t allowing myself to get distracted by regular clothes because I needed to finish Mulan by the end of March…and then a wedding dress by June. Mulan’s costume only has three components, but after 3 years of planning to make this costume, I did not want to rush any part of it. As soon as I told Greg that I was going to skip Mulan, I felt a weight lift and within 48 hours the joy of sewing had returned.
Following a Sunday lunch meeting, I stopped by Ross and Marshall’s to try on maxi dresses. It seems everyone has one or an online tutorial on how to make one, and I can’t deny the convenience of a soft jersey dress that layers easily. I just had NO idea what style to go with. One of my first Wardrobe Architect epiphanies was about what clothing silhouettes I gravitate toward and what looks best on me. I hoped that at least ONE maxi dress would help me decide which online tutorial to use.
After confirming my ideal maxi dress style, I scurried over to Value Village in hopes of finding something used. No maxi dresses were found, so I continued on to buy some slinky jersey fabric. In the end, I probably spent the same amount of money on the fabric as the pre-made navy dress would have cost and I’m not quite sure new fabric was any more “sustainable” than buying a ready-to-wear dress. However, I am trying to build a more cohesive wardrobe and this navy dress does not coordinate well enough with my existing cardigans and jackets. Though, I can tell you I am starting to doubt my decision. That blue looks so good…
Oh yeah. 🙂 Even though Value Village had no maxi dresses, I did stumble upon a Chinese-inspired robe that immediately made me think of Inara Sera from Firefly/Serenity. I still want to make a new costume for Emerald City, and I think I can make a dress that Inara might wear, rather than try to match a specific outfit from the show. Greg will be cosplaying as Malcolm Reynolds at ECCC and his presence would give an Inara-inspired dress some context.
It feels good to feel excited about sewing instead of overwhelmed. I’ll write more about the maxi dress and the Inara costume later this week. You can also follow my Wardrobe Architect process on Pinterest.